The teams I had on my ballot last week lost a total of 16 games, with four teams losing twice. After sorting through it all, this is what I came up with for the week:
2. Wichita State
12. North Carolina
13. San Diego State
16. Iowa State
20. Saint Louis
21. New Mexico
24. Michigan State
25. Kansas State
Virginia made the biggest jump for me this week. I moved the Cavaliers from No. 11 to No. 5 after they crushed Syracuse and clinched the ACC title. The Cavs have probably been underrated throughout the second half of the season - even by me - but the nation has to take this team seriously going into the postseason.
SMU (from No. 23 to No. 17) and UConn (from No. 24 to No. 18) also made big jumps for me, but that was partly a product of the teams ahead of them - Saint Louis, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State - all losing. Four of those teams lost twice.
Moving in this week: VCU (to No. 19) and Kansas State (to No. 25). VCU just knocked off then-No. 10 Saint Louis, is ranked top 21 in RPI, BPI and Kenpom.com. K-State has nine losses, but just beat No. 15 Iowa State and is now 6-2 against ranked opponents and 7-5 against the RPI Top 50. There aren't many teams that can compete with those numbers.
Moving out this week: Iowa and Ohio State. Both get high marks in the BPI and Kenpom.com rankings, but they went a combined 1-4 last week. The Big Ten keeps beating up on each other, and Iowa and Ohio State took their lumps last week.
On another note, regarding the Colorado Buffaloes - they received two votes in the AP poll this week! That means either one person has them No. 24, or two people have them at No. 25. And, CU hasn't been receiving votes for several weeks. So, that means some voter (or two voters) moved the Buffs onto their ballot after they went to Utah and lost convincingly to a team that most people project to be in the NIT. I realize there are probably parts of my ballot that people can pick on; that's a part of sports. But, c'mon! Anyone ranking CU at this point of the season doesn't have a clue.